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  • Jags blitz the Bombers

    Tain Thistle got their league campaign off to a winning start at Inver last night with a comprehensive victory over neighbours Eastern Rose. The added bonus of a piece of silverware gave the Jags an early cause for celebration in the form of the Tain Silver Cup - an impressive trophy donated by MA Forbes Jewellers for annual contention between the two sides on the home turf of Eastern Rose. Leading 5-1 at half time, the game was over in terms of a contest early on, but the highlight of the second half was Mark Lamont's chase to beat his own goalscoring record of seven goals in a game, set last year in the same fixture. <br /><br /><img class="imgright" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/2016_06_rose_game.jpg">Messrs Liam Rostock, Dave Macgruer, David MacIver, Tony Farquhar and Brian Cameron were the main absentees for the trip to Inver, while Adam MacDonald (trialist) and the returning group of Darran Goller, Martyn Farquhar, Andy Durrand, Daniel and Arron Christie returned to the fold following their jaunt to Berlin. For the 'Bombers', a handful of changes were noted from just ten days prior, with former Jags title winner Scott Innes playing as a trialist in a holding midfield role and referee and former Dingwall man Martin Godwin taking a place in the Rose back three.<br /><br />Alan Duff opened the scoring for Tain when he headed home at the second time of asking from a pinpoint Arron Christie corner. The goal followed a period of continued pressure from the kick off as the Rose men packed the box. Much to the Jags' surprise though, the Bombers equalised two minutes later when David Durrand pounced on a bobble to slot the ball past Johnny Allan into the net. The opening quarter hour was tough for Tain in terms of breaking the Rose men down as they continued to sit in. A second arrived on 18 minutes when Mark Lamont scored his first of the evening, neatly placing the ball across Danny Mackenzie into the net. Within five minutes, daylight appeared between the sides as 'Lammy' scored again, adding the finishing touch to a Darran Goller run. On 36 minutes, Goller scored one for himself when his cross come shot foxed Mackenzie and powered its way into the net.<br /><br />The home side hit the self destruct button on 38 minutes when they found themselves down to ten men after substitute Martin Murphy, who had just replaced Godwin, was dismissed for a tackle from behind in the box. There was a short reprieve though, as Mackenzie saved Lamont's penalty kick denying him a first half hat-trick. The first half goalscoring was eventually rounded off by Duff, who hit his brace with a simple first time tap in at the far post from a Daniel Christie corner.<br /><br />Changes were made just after the second half began, with Ryan Day and Andy Durrand both introduced and within six minutes of the restart, Tain knocked Eastern Rose for six - Goller and Lamont working well again for the latter to score with ease to net the hat-trick. Jack Hudson then scored the best goal of the afternoon with a powerful effort which was drilled over Mackenzie and high into the net. Gordy Mackay and Adam MacDonald were both introduced as substitutes before the floodgates opened further and Lamont scored three goals in the space of seven minutes to bring his evening tally to six. A minute later Daniel Christie rattled the crossbar with a free kick from 25 yards which referee Gordon Seago signalled had crossed the line, despite claims from Jack Hudson that he had nodded the final ball over the line! Lamont levelled his goal scoring record on 78 minutes and a furious 12 minutes followed as the Tain forwards broke ahead almost queuing up to add to the tally. Much to the amazement of onlookers though, the forward line missed more than they could count, with a series of chances flying high and wide and Mackenzie saving on a number of occasions. A final goal was scored by Cammy Mackintosh on the rebound.<br /><br /><img width=90% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/2016_05_rose_cup.jpg"><br /><br />The win gets Thistle off the mark with three points in the league and pushes them into second place behind Contin - despite having played a game less than every other team bar Fortrose Union - thanks to their superior goal difference - a stat that means nothing in the grand scheme of things at this very early stage in the season. Attentions now turn to the Merrythought Cup Final in Fortrose on Saturday, where the Jags meet title rivals Alness United - a team who will most likely have their crosshairs set on Thistle as both teams set to lay their hands on the first major trophy of the season.

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